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Employment Law Advice

We offer a specialist employment law advice service at the Law Centre.  


Trust for LondonThe service is funded by Trust for London.  


You can have a free initial assessment on several issues including the more common problems:


  • Disputes over wages.
  •  Your rights when your employer changes.
  •  Settlement or compromise agreements.
  • Your rights if you have been made (or are about to be made) redundant.
  • Less favourable treatment in the workplace because of your race, religion, disability, gender, pregnancy etc.
  • Your request for time off or flexible working has been refused.
  • Your fixed term contract has ended but the job is still needed.
  • You are facing disciplinary proceedings or have already been dismissed.
  • Your job is at risk because of long term sickness, personal injury, or poor performance/capability.
  • Employer failing to act on your grievance or follow any standard disciplinary procedures.
  • Agency and umbrella contract workers who have problems with contracts including holidays and overtime?
  • You want to make (or have already made) an Employment Tribunal claim.
  • You face victimisation or harassment following something you did.

Please download our employment law service information leaflet.

The Law Centre's Employment Law Clinic is currently free of charge.  For this reason it is very popular.  It runs mainly on Wednesdays and to reduce the time spent waiting for appointments and the poor attendance rates, we now triage by phone in advance.  We have found this better prepares individuals when they attend the session and if there are any deadlines waiting for the clinic may be too late.  


To speak to the Employment lawyer here, you can ring our reception 0208 985 5236.   Please leave your name and phone number and clarify if you have an urgent deadline.  If your case is already at the Employment Tribunal please make this clear when you call.   During the call, you may be asked clear questions about your matter, and this helps us decide whether you need an appointment or not.  


The reception are not in a position to offer legal advice.  This is simply not their function.  



BPP Law School run an excellent telephone advice line for employment law related issues.  Clients can call the line at any time and leave a message with their name and number.  Student volunteers then call them back to gather some basic information.  This information is then referred onto a volunteer employment lawyer who calls the client back to give some advice on Tuesday evenings between 6.30-8pm.  The telephone advice line number is: 020 7633 4534.  Download a poster with more information HERE


BPP also offer a ‘Tribunal Friends’ service where BPP law students attend tribunal hearings with litigants in person or those with lay representatives to assist them by taking notes of the hearing and providing administrative and moral support. Students volunteer on a case by case basis.  The benefits to the students include not only witnessing a hearing but they also see litigation from the perspective of a litigant in person and how that can impact on the proceedings.  For the claimant, they can feel at ease knowing that someone is sitting alongside them, helping them to take a full note of the hearing enabling the claimant to fully focus on the questions posed and the evidence presented by the respondent. No legal advice or representation is given.